Encouraging Low-Income Households to Make Location-Efficient Housing Choices
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This project involved the development of a set of tools intended to assist Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program participants in the Portland metro region with considering not just the housing... More > characteristics and quality, but also the associated transportation options and costs, they were choosing when they moved. The toolkit included both messaging elements (a six-minute video and a brochure) and access to tools (including Walk Score Apartment Finder and a house search checklist) that the four regional public housing authorities integrated into their meetings with HCV participants planning to move.< Less
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This research project consists of an investigation of responses to homeless encampments on rights-of-way owned by Departments of Transportation (DOTs). While DOTs are not housing or social service... More > agencies, their role as major public landowners involves them in dealing with the consequences of homelessness. The research goals included analyzing the prevalence of the problem, documenting how DOTs are responding, and culling from this data information that could be used as a basis for creating a best practices guide. The research included a single mixed-methods, in-depth case study, electronic surveys of practitioners and follow-up interviews. Products consist of two reports (included as appendices to this document): A Case Study of the Baldock Rest Area and Homeless Encampments on Public Right-of-Way: A Planning and Best Practices Guide.< Less
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